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11  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / REVERSIBLE dress! ------------- Stripey and flowery! on: September 04, 2007 11:22:13 AM
This was going to be a reversible wrap dress, but I didn't pay attention when cutting and laid the pieces out wrong so Icouldn't cut a third skirt piece.  Roll Eyes So, I made do. I think it's actually cuter than if I did it the first way. It was WAY more tricky to sew though, it was really hard not to sew myself into a corner on this dress.

It snaps in back with 2 snaps where the placket overlaps. They eyelet at the waist is just barely transparent, there are 2 layers there....and everywhere else for that matter. :p

On to the pics:

12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Peacock -> Giraffe dress on: September 03, 2007 11:29:05 PM
My model is sleeping again (hence, I actually got something sewn Tongue ) so the pics are all on a hanger right now.

It is not actually lopsided, just it was poofing out towards the camera unevenly.

It snaps at each side with 2 snaps.

Peacock side:

I did this with the tension on purpose, so the orange would peek through to the peacock side. The uneven zigzag is not on purpose, that happened 'cause the sleeve *just barely* fits over my freearm and kept getting hung up.

Giraffe side:

It is about a size 12-18 mos.

edit: OK, model awake now. Smiley

13  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Mix 'n' match reversible wrap dresses and shirts, some diapers too! on: September 01, 2007 10:14:17 PM
First the diapers - just fitteds with terry insides.

Reversible wrap dress one:

Here's what it looks like all spread out:

Made-from-scratch interlock ecru shirt with tights from the other thread:

Same shirt with a reversible wrap dress:

Made from scratch blue shirt:

Blue shirt with the other side of the previous wrap dress. (Yes that is the fabric I lined my corset with.)

Same side of the wrap dress with the cardigan from the other thread:

Purple reversible wrap dress, all interlock:

Plaid wrap dress (not reversible, the material on the other side is totally see-through) with from-scratch pants and top:
14  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / 1 size M shrunken sweater = cardigan, skirt, and tights on: September 01, 2007 10:08:40 PM
About 2 years ago my mom shrunk her favorite v-neck sweater in the wash, and figuring it was wool, gave it to me to make into diaper covers. I clipped off a bit and stuck it in bleach, and it didn't dissolve, so I didn't touch it....until now. I don't know what the fiber content is, but it's the softest cuddliest thing ever.

Unfortunately my models are sleeping for the night (plus they're boys, anyhow Tongue), so you'll have to see the completed projects lying down flat.

First I made a cardigan by salvaging the original neckline and the ends of the sleeves. I bound all the raw edges in a strip of scrap fabric:

Then using part of the bottom and the rest of the sleeves I made some tights:

Then used the remaining chunk of the bottom to make a little skirt:

Here is the approximate layout I used on the sweater - only a size M! As you can see I did my best to salvage the ribbing whenever it existed.
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Am I the only one that sucks at embellishing? on: August 19, 2007 10:40:42 PM
I see all these adorable tops, dresses, and etc on Craftster...you all are so CREATIVE! What really blows me away are all the ideas to put embellishments on stuff - appliques, lace, screen prints and etc. I guess I was born without the embellishing part of my brain because it looks cute when everyone else does it, but I can't seem to figure out what to do, let alone work out the motivation to DO it.

If I was on Project Runway, Santino would mock me for being "just a patternmaker" for sure. I have patience to sew the structure of a garment, but when it comes to sewing on a ribbon or lace or decorative buttons, forget it! I even find myself purposely avoiding patterns with gathering or pleating details because they look like a PITA to do. And then I wonder why my stuff always looks so plain!

I don't lack the supplies. I have a gigantic box of lace and about 200 zippers (thank you eBay!) and enough snaps and fabric and junk to embellish everything. I just can't figure out what to do on each garment.

Is it just me? Am I the only one that finds this difficult?
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Gold butterflies underbust corset - my first corset! ---PIC HEAVY---updated on: July 30, 2007 03:20:14 PM
First corset I've ever made...not counting my mock-up of this pattern.
I drafted the pattern sorta based off Roethke's instructions here. Modified it a bit to use coated steel boning and to compensate for my weird no-waist-but-skinny-ribs shape.

FRONT, golden butterflies brocade remnant:

INSIDE, cute cotton pattern remnant:

The busk I ordered was out of stock (darn!) so I used a bunch of hook-n-eyes to close the front. They are set inside the seams so they're more discreet:

It has 4 total layers, 1 brocade, 2 of some super-tough remnant fabric I had, and 1 cotton. 48 main pieces plus the things where the eyelets are, so 56 pieces total. 24 bones.

Modeled by my helpful pillow friend:


Enough boning to stand on its own!


Front in action:

Side in action:

Back in action:
17  UNITED STATES / New Mexico / Four Corners area? on: July 21, 2007 09:50:26 PM
Anyone in Farmington/Aztec/Bloomfield/Shiprock/Durango/etc?
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / V-neck crossover shirts for people with boobs. NOW WITH TUTE!!! on: July 16, 2007 10:15:42 PM
Yesterday and today, I made 3 shirts!
I've never actually made shirts for myself before, I have tough-to-fit boobs and belly, so this was something new. Cheesy
They are based off this shirt which I bought from Bravissimo. I love it. But I can't afford $40+ and shipping for more. Also they only come in 2 colors. (I bought the green one..)

So I laid that shirt down and traced it to get rough pattern pieces. The first shirt I made is this one:

The lesson I learned on this shirt is adjust your stitch length for knits, or you will get puckering at your seams. My biggest fault as a seamstress is that I don't want to futz around with adjusting stitch lengths, tensions, or even putting in a matching thread color. I will purposely sew only black items for a few months just so I don't have to swap threads. I am lazy on the prep. It was my downfall on this shirt. Fortunately it's not bad, and still totally wearable.
It is a double knit, 100% cotton and no lycra, so it fits baggier.

Then today I adjusted my stitch length and made this one:

Again, 100% cotton double-knit and no lycra so it fits a little baggy. However, it's going to be an awesome winter shirt. The double-knit ones are pretty darned warm.

Then I went to Hobby Lobby to pick up some felt and in the remnants bin found $5 of stretchy black knit, thin and soft. And *just* enough to make a shirt!
I whipped one more together, and it is my favorite. Lighter weight, fits slimmer. Didn't use anything but a serger and rotary cutter to make this one or the dark purple one! So fast and easy.

All together I spent about 4 hours and $10 on the 3. Cheesy

*sigh* Please ignore my inability to make cute faces when being photographed. I always, ALWAYS, get caught at the worst moment.
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / New copied pants on: June 24, 2005 04:21:27 AM
My favorite pair of jeans had worn through the knee. I would've made them into shorts, but the bum was about to go next. So, last night I unpicked all the seams, taking notes, ironed them flat, and cut out a new pair from some weird canvassy fabric I have. I plan on making more of these as soon as I get some more suitable fabric.

Pocket detail

Genuine fly (none of that "lapped application" hooey)

Top front of pants

Ignore the carpet, vacuum broken.

Front of me in 'em

Side view


(Gosh, it is SO HARD to take pics of oneself.)
And of course, now that they're assembled I realize I should've put the pockets on higher. Too late though. Maybe next pair. Smiley
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / FRUSTRATED with pants patterns. on: May 31, 2005 03:59:05 AM
ARGGHH. I do this every few years. Dig out an uncut  pants pattern and convince myself I will actually manage to make a wearable garment on it.
I spend 4+ hours cutting, pinning, cuttiing, sewing. (And 4 hours is not easy to find when you work full time and have a 13 month old).
Finally get to the "try on" stage only to find that McCalls has for some reason built 3-5 inches of ease all around the pants. I mean they literally stick off my body like clown pants. You'd think I'd sewn a friggin hula hoop in the top.
Sad part is, I selected a size smaller than I thought I should. I used 5/8 allowances like it said. Futzed around with the stupid mock fly. (WHY can't they include a pattern for a REAL FLY.) And because of their bass-ackwards assembly order, you don't find all this out until AFTER the cargo pockets are on.

BAH. I hate patterns. Stupid floppy tissue paper sized for goodness-knows-whom. Silly thing is, the moment I unfolded the pattern I was like "JEEZ that's huge!" Even the "way too small" size looked monstrous. Who are they MAKING these things for? Honestly. And of course the drawing on the front shows a nice slim fit too.

It's definitely the pattern. I know because I have successfully made several pairs of pants. With REAL zip fly. How? By taking apart a pair of Gap jeans, writing down the order, and copying. And it is SO MUCH EASIER than these crazy illogical assembly orders in McCalls patterns. The kicker is that they actually fit at the end!

I still have a "perfect fit pants" pattern to try.... Sad Roll Eyes  We'll see how THAT goes.
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